There's a bit of controversy in the church of England just now over homosexual bishops, just one article here.
Now, I have a real problem getting my head around the Church's stance on same sex relationships, as I do on many things. I know that the Church, whether Catholic or Protestant has evolved over the years and changed their traditions. There are questions over whether the church should marry divorced couples, whether the clergy should marry or remain celibate, and at the same time they are moving towards allowing openly practising homosexuals into the ministry. It seems that the "House of Bishops" guidelines are more important than the preaching of the apostle Paul.
So where do the church get their moral direction? Is it from the feeling of society according to the laws and cultures of the day?
Or, is it from the moral code of the Bible, which they use in relation to many other matters, but are now starting to abandon in relation to sexual morality?
My view as a Christian, is that we are all sinners and need to repent and have faith in Christ for our salvation. Repent means to turn from our own ways to those of God. The church would think it odd if someone claimed to have become a Christian, yet continued to abuse people, steal from others or show hatred? How can the congregation sit and listen to the preaching of someone who is highly selective about which moral codes they follow.
I think that the church should base their moral codes on the Bible, as they consider it to be the infallible word of God. If they don't believe it to be so, then they might as well abandon their faith, and just become a humanist organisation. It may be that the church would have views contrary to the groundswell of public opinion, or even the laws, but we would expect that, as the church has been written out of the compulsion to perform same sex marriages. But some of the clergy are actually advocating performing same sex marriages in the church!
I wonder if any of the clergy actually believe any of the supernatural core tenets of Christianity, such as creation, the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, his resurrection and everlasting life. It would be good to see the church keep a moral lead in society, even if secular society is going morally downhill. How the clergy expect us to believe what they preach on supernatural matters, I don't know, considering their stance on natural matters is wavering in the wind.
So come on church, stick to your own biblical principals, or you may as well just forget the Bible and be a bunch of "nice people" who like to help others, have some Easter eggs in the spring, a harvest festival in the autumn, and some presents and a fir tree at "xmas".
Do you think that the church is losing its way, or should the church adapt to modern society?